Our family always stayed in the Armed Forces Recreation Centers’ (AFRC) hotel in Garmisch when visiting Bavaria, and here’s downtown Garmisch – with a classic Bavarian, onion dome church bell tower in the background.
October was a perfect time for us to visit Bavaria because it was after the summer tourist season and before winter sets in for good in the Alps.
I always like to take pictures that aren’t standard tourist snapshots, off the beaten track, and from the perspective of the residents that live in the community.
I enjoyed this church design with what looks to be a crown surrounding the base of the steeple, pointing to the heavens above.
The weather is ever changing in the Alpine region and in Europe as well, where blue skies can quickly become overcast with inclement weather within the same hour.
I liked the perspective of this painting depicting the Virgin Mary above the church entrance, as seen through the colorful golden leaves of October.
I cropped this painting of the Virgin Mary in the previous photo, and the soft pastel colors of the painting blend nicely with the golden hews of autumn leaves.
I’ve always loved the ornate, custom wrought iron shop signs made by artisans in the Old World tradition, extending over the sidewalks to advertise the services and wares inside.
Much of the beauty of Europe is in its Old World architecture and details everywhere you look, beautifully handcrafted with the eye and skill of an Old World Master Craftsman.
One famous regional tradition of Bavaria and the Alpine region is the beautiful artwork and paintings on their buildings – most often depicting religious, cultural and regional themes.
This beautiful entranceway, with its antique handcarved ‘Snow White’ door, surrounded by beautiful architectural ornamentation really caught my eye.
I cropped the previous photo of what I call the ‘Snow White’ antique, handcarved door, in order to balance out the photo from left to right with the two flanking windows – each one different from the other.
This statue of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child is a reflection of the deeply religious Christian heritage of Bavaria.
Most every town in Bavaria has a blue and white Maypole that reflects the people’s pride in their community, boldly painted in the colors of the State of Bavaria – blue and white.
Somewhere along our stroll through Garmisch, we came across this playground of carved, wooden animals, and David put it to good use right away.
These playground animals crafted in solid wood were a hit with David as he climbed up, over and all around on them.
David and I pose on and in front of a wooden playground bull, on what was a beautiful October day in Garmisch.
Two carved men with outstretched arms support the swing that David is enjoying swinging on here in this photo.
David holds the reins of this playground horse while we both go for a ride, while my wife takes our picture.
This is a cropped version of the previous photo of David and I riding the playground horse – David and I were always having fun and goofing around together.
From our vantage point in the valley, the Alps already have had their first significant snowfall accumulations, and it won’t be long before the snow levels descend into the valley as well.
The Alpine region always has to concern itself with snowmelt in the springtime, and significant planning has gone into channeling the water efficiently using dams and flood control measures along the rivers and streams.
Meanwhile, down in the valley at the base of the Alps it might as well be summer – but not for long – as stores of firewood have been prepared ahead of time for those long, cold winter nights.
This natural Alpine scene reminded me of a setting out of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien, looking ahead at where their quest would take them across the distant snow covered peaks.
In his leather Australian outback hat and English wax jacket, David looks like he stepped off the set of a western movie while leaning up against a corral.
With a dusting of snow clinging to the branches of the trees on the hillside, everyone knows it won’t be long before this valley setting is turned from green to pure white.
David tries to pull a quick-draw on me as if in a staged gunfight at the OK Corral, but I prove my shutter speed is faster than his draw.
This handcarved and handpainted depiction of Jesus’ crucifixion marks a grave in a church cemetery in Garmisch.
Just below the crucifix shown in the previous photo was this small statue of the Virgin Mary at the foot of Jesus’ cross.